Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights – 31 October 2016

Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights – 31 October 2016

Category : General News

Nominate a Somerset Resident for an Australia Day Award

Somerset residents are being encouraged to recognise the outstanding contributions of fellow residents by nominating them for a 2017 Australia Day Award.

The annual awards are held to acknowledge residents and groups who have made a considerable contribution to  the community.

Somerset Regional Council invites nominations in six categories – Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Event of the Year, Australia Day Sports Award, Australia Day Arts and Cultural Award and Community Group of the Year.

Nominations for each of the categories are open from now until 5pm on Friday, 9 December.

The Australia Day Awards ceremony will be held on Australia Day in 2017 at the Somerset Civic Centre in Esk.

Nomination forms are available from Council offices, by phoning (07) 5424 4000 or online at www.somerset.qld.gov.au.

Learn to Help Native Animals at This Week’s Esk Cuppa and Chat

The Esk Community Connection Point is holding their next Cuppa and Chat on Friday, 4 November at 10.30am.

This month’s guest speaker, Sue Holmes from FAUNA will provide information on how to recognise when a native animal is in need of assistance and what to do when you see an injured native animal.

This community event is supported by Somerset Regional Council and is free to attend.

For more information contact Council on (07) 5424 4000.

Lowood QGAP Operating Hours Have Changed

Somerset Regional Council wants to remind residents of changes to the operational hours of the Queensland Government Agency Program (QGAP) in Lowood.

Council undertakes the QGAP functions on behalf of the state government offering services from its Lowood Customer Service Centre on the corner of Michel and Main Streets.

All QGAP services at the Lowood centre are no longer available from 12pm to 2pm.

Services offered by the Lowood QGAP branch are available between the hours of 9am to midday and 2pm to 4pm from Monday through to Friday.

These changes came into effect on Tuesday, 1 November.

Emergency Health Workshop on in Esk This Thursday

Learn to recognise and respond to the symptoms of common health problems at a workshop in Esk this Thursday, 3 November.

Toogoolawah Ambulance Station officer in charge, Tanya King, will present an hour long workshop on how to recognise some common health warning signs for heart attacks, stroke, epilepsy and snake bites.

The health workshop will be held at the Esk Visitor Information Centre from 11am.

Residents interested in learning basic emergency health information are encouraged to attend the free session.

For more information about the health workshop contact Council on (07) 5424 4000.

 

 

 


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179 YEARS AT CRESSBROOK

Today, the McConnel family celebrate 179-years of settlement and custodianship at Cressbrook.

Cressbrook is now run by fifth-generation descendant Christopher McConnel, with his wife Susan and their daughter Caitlin. Their home, the House at Cressbrook, is the oldest residence and third oldest building in Queensland, and they are the oldest identified family business in Queensland.

In the words of Madge McConnel (nee Kent of Jondaryan), wife of second-generation owner of Cressbrook, James Henry McConnel, “the story of Cressbrook would not be complete without reference to old friends, and employees whose memory we value, and whose descendants some of them are still with us or settled near us.”

Madge’s words continue to have relevance today, over 100-years on. Today, Christopher, Susan and Caitlin not only celebrate this historic milestone, but more importantly, it provides an opportunity for them to be grateful for, and to acknowledge the continued support of friends, family and members of the public who hold their story, and the history of agriculture and development in Australia, dear to their hearts.
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